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What To Do After Residential Storm Damage

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

A stormy sky with "Storm Aftermath Tips" written across it. Storms don't have to ruin everything! SERVPRO has you covered.

Storms are out of our control and that is a very scary fact. Everyone’s first response is to protect themselves and their family during a severe storm. But when the chaos is over, who is going to save your home from the damage it took? SERVPRO is always ready for any disaster, whether it be from a hail storm or a hurricane.

Do Not Get Overwhelmed!


Here’s What You Can Do:

  1. Take pictures.  You want as much documentation as possible for your insurance company and adjusters.                        
  2. Extract any standing water.  Call a professional water mitigation company (like SERVPRO) to handle this.
  3. Keep air circulating!                                       
  4. Clean with a good disinfectant.                            
  5. Remove any wet drywall.                                    
  6. Remove any downed trees.                                
  7. Assess roofing for any damage.                           
  8. Check for leaks.                                                
  9.  Replace any broken windows.

You do not have to do this alone! That is what we are here for. Don’t get yourself worked up. We are your simple solution. And as always, we are here to help 24/7. Give us a call with all your emergency restoration needs! (601)823-1100

#StormAftermathTips

Save Your Business!

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

An image of Brookhaven SERVPRO workers cleaning with text across the image saying we are IICRC-certified. Our technicians are IICRC-certified! We are able to restore any job, small or large!

Damaged Businesses

No one ever wants to have a large commercial or small business water loss, but what would you do if you did? How could you possibly clean up all the water without causing other damages to your property? SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia has the equipment, and technicians with the expertise to get the job done right every time. We want your business back open as soon as possible.

No Job is Too Large or Too Small

Our professional SERVPRO team can get on the scene with vans full of dehumidifiers and air movers ready to begin the water restoration process.

We take pride in providing our employees with the best tools, training, equipment, and vehicles to get the problem solved with minimal stress and impact on our customers. We know it is never anticipated when a water emergency occurs, but when you call in our SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia, you can count on us to get things clean and dry even when it seems impossible!

If your business is suffering from a water damage, call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia at (601) 823-1100! We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  We always want to help you and your business.

National Preparedness Month: Power Outage Tips

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Severe storm that strikes lightning to a power line. Don't get yourself in a bind!

What is a power outage?

A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly. A power outage may:

  • Disrupt communications, water, and transportation.
  • Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks, and other services.
  • Cause food spoilage and water contamination.
  • Prevent use of medical devices.

Survive DURING

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary. Monitor temperatures with a thermometer.
  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.
  • Maintain food supplies that do not require refrigeration.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators, camp stoves, or charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home.
  • Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.
  • Check on your neighbors. Older adults and young children are especially vulnerable to extreme temperatures.
  • If safe, go to a community location with power if heat or cold is extreme.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can cause damage.

Be Safe AFTER

  • When in doubt, throw it out! Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees or higher for two hours or more, or that has an unusual odor, color, or texture.
  • If the power is out for more than a day, discard any medication that should be refrigerated, unless the drug’s label says otherwise. If a life depends on the refrigerated drugs, consult a doctor or pharmacist and use medicine only until a new supply is available.

via www.ready.gov

Your friends here at SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia wants you to be prepared for this hurricane season. Power outages can be costly, but hopefully these tips will help prepare and instruct you during unpredictable situations.

What To Do After A Fire

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Woman cleaning up after a fire. Prevent yourself from further damage.

Fire Damage Tips

Here are some important tips after you have a fire damage in your residence or business:

  1. Keep your hands clean. It is easy to spread soot and you do not want to make a bigger mess than there already is.
  2. Limit movement in the home to also prevent further damage.
  3. Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.
  4. If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  5. Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of lubricant.
  6. Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia.
  7. Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting us.
  8. Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without a repair service.

"Save as much as possible!"

We aim to return damaged areas and items to preloss conditions. We want to make your fire damage “Like it never even happened.” In this business, it is crucial to act fast. Our professional technicians arrive sooner for the chance to reduce damage and save money.  We are proud to serve Lincoln, Pike, Lawrence, Walthall and Marion counties. We are only a call away! (601) 823-1100

National Preparedness Month: Storm Evacuation Tips

9/7/2020 (Permalink)

A line of cars in traffic during evacuation with "Evacuation Tips" labeled across the photo. Be prepared during this hurricane season

Before an Evacuation

Plan how you will leave and where you will go if you are advised to evacuate.

  • Identify several places you could go in an emergency such as a friend’s home in another town or a motel. Choose destinations in different directions so that you have options during an emergency.
  • If needed, identify a place to stay that will accept pets. Most public shelters allow only service animals.
  • Be familiar with alternate routes and other means of transportation out of your area.
  • Always follow the instructions of local officials and remember that your evacuation route may be on foot depending on the type of disaster.

During an Evacuation

  • A list of open shelters can be found during an active disaster in your local area by downloading the FEMA app
  • Listen to a battery-powered radio and follow local evacuation instructions.
  • Take your emergency supply kit.
  • Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
  • Take your pets with you, but understand that only service animals may be permitted in public shelters. Plan how you will care for your pets in an emergency now.
  • If time allows:
  1. Call or email the out-of-state contact in your family communications plan. Tell them where you are going.
  2. Secure your home by closing and locking doors and windows.
  3. Unplug electrical equipment such as radios, televisions and small appliances. Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding. If there is damage to your home and you are instructed to do so, shut off water, gas and electricity before leaving.
  4. Leave a note telling others when you left and where you are going.
  5. Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts and a hat.
  6. Check with neighbors who may need a ride.
  • Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked.
  • Be alert for road hazards such as washed-out roads or bridges and downed power lines. Do not drive into flooded areas.

After an Evacuation

If you evacuated for the storm, check with local officials both where you’re staying and back home before you travel.

  • Residents returning to disaster-affected areas after significant events should expect and prepare for disruptions to daily activities, and remember that returning home before storm debris is cleared is dangerous.
  • Let friends and family know before you leave and when you arrive.
  • Charge devices and consider getting back-up batteries in case power-outages continue.
  • Fill up your gas tank and consider downloading a fuel app to check for outages along your route.
  • Bring supplies such as water and non-perishable food for the car ride.
  • Avoid downed power or utility lines; they may be live with deadly voltage. 
  • Stay away and report them immediately to your power or utility company.
  • Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home's electrical system.

www.ready.gov

National Preparedness Month: Storm Prep

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

A stormy sky with a quote: "National Preparedness Month." Are You Prepared?

"Preparation isn't about convenience, rather the relief that you did."

During this time of year in Mississippi we not only experience a lot of heat but also rain, which includes thunderstorms. It’s important to be prepared and have a plan in place. Talk with your family and create an emergency plan for thunderstorms, floods, and hurricanes. It would be beneficiary to think about an emergency shelter and evacuation plan. Below, we have a few suggestions to make sure you and your family are ready for whatever happens. 

Protect Your Electronics

Your electronics can get fried if they are not properly protected. Plug electronics into a surge protector to avoid damage during a storm. 

Prepare for Power Outages

Have battery-operated flashlights and lanterns in easy to get to places. Check on these items from time to time to make sure the batteries still work, replace them if necessary. Also, think about keeping the refrigerator and freezer doors shut to keep food from spoiling. If these food items rise above 40 degrees for 2 hours or more, they should be disregarded. Call your local power company to inform them of the outage and to get information regarding when the power should be restored. 

Stay Away from Power Lines

Do not go near power lines should they fall to the ground, they can be very hazardous. Call 911 if you see downed power lines. 

Don't Stay Outside 

If you hear thunder, it is likely that lightning is also occurring. Lightning can be dangerous, therefore, make sure to go inside when thunder occurs. 

Seek shelter

There are many different natural elements which can occur and be harmful when outside during a disaster. Therefore, during a storm, it is important to seek shelter and be safe. If you're inside, a good place to be is at the lowest level of your home. If you have a basement or storm cellar you can hang out in until the storm passes. 

Handy Emergency Kit 

Consider putting together a kit of things you may want to have on hand during a storm. Items you may want to include would be water, non-perishable food, flashlights, blankets extra batteries, a radio, and a first aid kit. 

If disaster does strike your home during a storm, your SERVPRO friends are ready to be apart of the team that pieces it back together. #SERVPROStrong 

(601) 823-1100

Business Damage Emergency Clean-Up

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

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When Commercial Property Experiences Damage 

Lincoln, Lawrence, Pike, Walthall or Marion Counties have the advantage of calling SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia and receiving a quick response.

When there is damage to your property, we do not recommend you to leave it unattended as it could potentially cause the damage to worsen. Rainwater can get into your property if you have an exposed roof for instance and this can then cause mold and water damage. Likewise, if you have broken window, this can leave your commercial business vulnerable to theft and vandalism.

Commercial restoration is also urgent matter— for every working day that you are closed due to damage, you will be losing money. That is a major inconvenience that SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia wants to save you from if at all possible. Commercial businesses pay a lot of overheads such as salaries, rent, bills and more on the good faith that they will be able to earn their expenses back. Unfortunately, when commercial damage strikes, these companies are left unable to make their money back and unable to make a profit. Thus, they lose money until they are able to reopen their doors. 

Water damage for example-- we have the equipment, knowledge and accuracy to dry the affected area so no other problems can form in the future (like mold)! We want the water to go down the drain, not your business!

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia works quickly so your business can get back up and running "Like it never even happened."

Thunderstorm Facts

8/15/2020 (Permalink)

A picture of thunderstorm with a myth and fact wrote across it. Thunderstorm myth and fact!

Thunderstorms are defined as storms that produce thunder and lightning. Severe thunderstorms may also produce:

  • Rain

  • High winds

  • Sleet or snow

It’s important to note that thunderstorms do not always produce moisture. A storm in which you see lightning and hear thunder but never feel a drop of water is known as a “dry” thunderstorm. Thunderstorms that produce hail and tornadoes are known as “supercell” storms. Storms occur either in clusters or lines; therefore, they may present as a single thunderstorm or as multiple thunderstorms hitting one after the other.

Causes

Thunderstorms are caused when moisture from the lower or mid-level part of the atmosphere mixes with warm, unstable air from the ground. Moisture and air then push upwards into the higher atmosphere to form clouds that produce thunder and lightning, as well as potential precipitation. Spring, summer and fall are most conducive to thunderstorms because the sun heats the ground and moisture is more perceptible in the air, especially in humid climates.

Thunderstorms must also be lifted to begin their formation. Some sources of lift include:

  • More heat on the ground than in the air

  • Changes in atmospheric conditions near mountains

  • Weather front changes caused by clashing cold and hot air

  • Drylines, or when moist and dry air clash

  • Land or sea breezes

Any of these situations can immediately create a thunderstorm without warning, even in the middle of a clear blue day. In many cases, these storms will also be accompanied by lightning. Most will not come with hail or tornadoes, unless they occur in tornado-prone states such as Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri.

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia is always here to give you the facts! 

Water Restoration Process

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Team cleaning up water damaged floor. "Like it never even happened,"

Don't let water damages blindside you

When calling a restoration company when you experience a water loss, the most important detail you need to know is the amount of time the structure has remained abnormally wet. If you don't know the exact time, that is okay. Give us your best guess. With that information, we can determine how quickly the damage needs to be responded to.

Call your local professionals- Call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia!

Restoration Process

The goal of the restoration process is to bring an abnormally wet and potentially damaged structure back to its preloss condition in the most economical and efficient manner as possible.

In the beginning of the process your SERVPRO professional must identify all affected materials. Next comes documenting what type of materials are affected. Affected Materials are then evaluated against three criteria to determine if they should be restored or replaced.

What we take into account:

  •  Degree of contamination
  •  Damage to item
  •  Cost of restoration verses cost of replacement

Once material has been identified and the SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia professionals has decided what needs to be dried and what needs to be replaced, they will then measure the Temperature/Humidity for drying analysis.

NEXT

We remove as much water as possible from the affected area.

Don't worry about your furniture- it will be moved and blocked as necessary. It may be necessary to remove carpet pad to protect the subfloor and speed the drying process.

The carpet will be checked for restorability, delamination and mold growth.
Sometimes it is also necessary to include the application of a EPA- registered disinfectant.

Equipment:

Drying equipment such as commercial dehumidifiers and commercial air movers may be used to dry the property. The purpose of the equipment is to remove excess moisture and bring the relative humidity levels back down to normal.

The equipment is then left running for approximately three days until all affected material left in the home are at or below a goal level set by your IICRC certified SERVPRO professional.

Then What?

Throughout the drying process you can expect the Technician to visit the home daily to monitor the progress of the material and to adjust equipment as necessary.

Once our SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia professionals has deemed the structure is dry, the process of putting the home back together is now ready to begin. Soon your home will be back to normal and it will be ”Like it never even happened.”

(601) 823-1100

Business Biohazard Damage

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Business Biohazard Restoration

Removal of biohazardous substances and disposal of them properly takes professional hands that are trained to do a safe cleanup and restoration.

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia professionals are equipped with the safety equipment and cleaning products needed to get your business back into clean, safe condition. Our technicians are specialized, trained and experienced in biohazard restoration, which is important when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

Biohazards contamination can be dangerous and emotional for all involved.

What Does Biohazard Cleanup & Restoration Mean?

These services include:

  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

What to Do?

Stay out of affected areas.

Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.

Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.

Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage

Other Tips on Contamination:

Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.

Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.

Don’t use television or other household appliances.

Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia understands that biohazard emergencies don’t always happen during business hours. We are available 24 hours a day365 days a year.

601-823-1100